FRANCE 2009: LUHANS AND BRANGES FRANCE
September 11-12, 2009
We took the train to Louhans from Lyon where we had reserved an overnight room at the Hotel Moulin de Bourg-Chateau prior to our boat trip. The Hotel is
in the middle of the Bresse region known for its fine chickens. Our quiet country room looked out on the mill pond.
Luhans is one of the finest examples of an early medieval village with its timbered shops and homes on its main street with covered arched passage ways.
Two old round towers are all that remains of the old city fortified wall. St. Pierre Church with colorful local tile roof is in the center of the old town.
The primary tourist attraction in Louhans is the old charitable Hotel Dieu Hospital. Here the poor were cared for in large dormitory rooms by an order of nuns.
The pharmacy was stocked with old medicines stored in Italo-Hispano jars. The nun's still dined in luxury despite the poverty surrounding them.
On Saturday we took a taxi to nearby Branges where we were to meet our tour partners and pick up our boat for the following week. The little village
had many beautiful old homes and this deserted mill along the River Seille.
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